"The Jews in the United States are the inheritors of a four-thousand-year-old culture. Into their willing--or unwilling--hands, history has placed the symbolic scepter of this heritage. Will this Jewish culture--entrusted to the American Jews either by blind permutations of events or by a manifest destiny--wither in a wasteland of indifference? Or will there be a renaissance--a humanistic rebirth--to ensure this culture continued growth?
"For those who view purist Orthodoxy as the only authentic Judaism, American Judaism is nothing but a wasteland. For those who see medieval concepts of Judaism vanishing and new modes of expressing one's ties to Judaism emerging, American Judaism offers a renaissance. Thus, American Judaism finds itself in a dilemma. Which view of itself should it accept--the former, which threatens extinction, or the latter, which offers hope?"--excerpt
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September 30, 2008
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